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Aww, come and see what Miriam González Durántez said about you lot at BlogFest

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KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 13-Nov-12 17:22:31

We thought you might like to have a look at a video clip from Mumsnet BlogFest, where Miriam González Durántez kicked off the day with a fantastically inspiring opening speech.

Her subjects ranged from motherhood and domestic dramas; to feminism and the debt she feels she owes to her mother's generation; to the bond she felt with the women and girls she met in Tanzania, during a recent campaigning trip.

She's an active Mumsnetter <hooray!> and here, she very movingly thanks you lot for supporting her decision not to be a typical 'Leader's Wife'. The audio's a bit ropey, but do have a look - it's lovely!

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Tue 13-Nov-12 19:16:11

I do really admire Mirian G-D. I will have a look at that clip.

I also think that Mumsnet's bloggers network is a Very Good Thing.

liveotherwise Tue 13-Nov-12 19:26:53

I thought she was incredibly inspiring, and in future we should all refer to deputy PM as Miriam GDs husband.

PuffPants Tue 13-Nov-12 19:34:36

I think she's awesome.

tribpot Tue 13-Nov-12 19:39:33

Miriam. Rocks. I'm quite sure between her, Sarah Brown, SamCam and Michelle Obama they would have no difficulty whatsoever taking over NATO.

Teladi Tue 13-Nov-12 20:15:52

She is awesome. How great that she is a MNetter as well. (hello!)

Lottapianos Tue 13-Nov-12 20:27:19

Well done for calling her by her proper name. It shreds my nerves when the TV refer to her as Miriam Clegg angry

blueshoes Tue 13-Nov-12 20:30:20


BillyBollyBandy Tue 13-Nov-12 21:09:19

I would like her to be Prime Minister. And I quite like Cleggy too. That would be a much better coalition wink

ItsNotEasyBeingGreen Tue 13-Nov-12 21:16:37

I think tribpot has a point...

Spockster Tue 13-Nov-12 21:29:24

What precisely would SamCam bring to the party?hmm

weblette Tue 13-Nov-12 21:39:06

Dh worked with her dh for a while, said she was the brains...

Ponders Tue 13-Nov-12 21:51:24

she was the brains

very possibly.

why did she marry him though???



HanSolo Tue 13-Nov-12 22:21:35

Is it possible for a transcript MNHQ? Can't read video on a 'phone...

BIWI Tue 13-Nov-12 22:34:44

I thought she was fabulous.

And such a sexy accent.... blush

tribpot Tue 13-Nov-12 22:51:14

SamCam would bring business acumen. Sarah Brown would bring media savvy and campaigner cred. Miriam would bring professional dedication and integrity (and all-round awesomeness) and Michelle would boss everyone else around.

peasabovesticks Tue 13-Nov-12 22:57:02

What was she campaigning about?
Personally I'd love her to campaign on behalf of the girls in Liverpool and Hartlepool and all the other socially deprived areas in the country in support of their right to a free university education.

MmeLindor Tue 13-Nov-12 23:08:56

She was brilliant. <waves to Miriam>

Can we have her on for an official webchat, Kate?

I'd have loved to have asked her some questions.

peasabovesticks Tue 13-Nov-12 23:13:22

To be honest I'd prefer a proper politician than the wife of a crap one

MmeLindor Tue 13-Nov-12 23:18:56

She is not 'just' a wife of a politician, and her speech was not political. Why should we not ask inspiring women on for a webchat? We have webchats with writers and comedians.

She supports a charity that helps women and girls in Africa by giving them legal support. And she is also a big supporter of the Anthony Nolan Fund.

peasabovesticks Tue 13-Nov-12 23:23:01

I know she's a high flyer etc but so are a lot of women in this country. If you believe there isn't a political agenda behind her sudden interest in mumsnet I think you're naive.

YoullScreamAboutItOneDay Tue 13-Nov-12 23:27:07

I love Miriam. I think she's great. I love the number of times she isn't at stupid parliamentary events because she has an actual, you know, life and career.

You know, I think in this country we focus too much on authors, comedians, etc. We assume an author is worthy of a webchat or whatever. But we don't assume the same about comparably successful women in business or professions. Maybe if we did it would help all our children reach beyond the current, celebrity obsessed culture to other aspirations <rant over>

peasabovesticks Tue 13-Nov-12 23:32:56

Nick Clegg is systematically fucking up the country but hey no, he has a nice looking wife who <gasps> has a good job. Let's all trip over ourselves in saying how marvellous she is hmm

caramelwaffle Tue 13-Nov-12 23:33:42

She seems lovely.

Excellent point Youll

MmeLindor Tue 13-Nov-12 23:33:58

I am not naive.


It would be soooo nice if we could just celebrate that a prominent, intelligent woman said some really lovely things about Mumsnet and gave a great speech at an event that celebrated women around UK, without someone pissing on the parade.

caramelwaffle Tue 13-Nov-12 23:35:23


I feel personally that women like her can be inspirational in their own right for the daughters in our country.

caramelwaffle Tue 13-Nov-12 23:35:56

x-post with MmeL

peasabovesticks Tue 13-Nov-12 23:41:55

There are probably people on this forum who post regularly who have jobs and status commensurate with MGD. She only has a platform because of who she's married to and it's the oldest trick in the book for a failing politician to wheel out his fragrant wife.

I agree though to more inspirational women on here but for me, she doesn't fit the bill.

blondieminx Tue 13-Nov-12 23:57:49

Awh lovely speech. Great manners and fabulous hair too <shallow I know, but in case she's reading this hehe>

MN is for all parents, and I'm pleased she's been able to find comfort and support here in the way many of us have!

Oh, and what MmeL said, too.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 14-Nov-12 00:34:21

I thought she was fabulous.
There are lots of other fabulous women and I'm certain she would agree that we should celebrate them all.

Stitchthis Wed 14-Nov-12 06:54:24

I'm with scream et al

edam Wed 14-Nov-12 07:23:36

Did the critics miss the point that she's a Mumsnetter? Maybe that's why she was invited - as a prominent woman in her own field who is an MNer. I was there at blogfest and Miriam gave a great and heartfelt speech, not least about women's rights in the developing world and projects she is involved in in her own right, as a lawyer. Which is a bigger contribution to making the world a better place than many of us manage. So she's married to Nick Clegg, we all have our faults...

FellatioNelson Wed 14-Nov-12 08:02:58

Oh for God's sake peas stop being such a joy sucker. I bet you are fun at a dinner party. hmm

The video was lovely - she was genuinely thankful for the support of MN, both as MGD and as an anonymous woman and mother like the rest of us. I for one think her 'agenda' is irrelevant.

and I know this is completely the wrong thing to say but she does have really fabulous hair.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 14-Nov-12 08:06:56

I agree with MmeL. Happy to have webchats with prominent professional women too. Might be the first candidate for an evening chat?

BIWI Wed 14-Nov-12 08:08:04

Oh yes please to evening chats. Too many of them assume that we are all available during the day.

Trills Wed 14-Nov-12 08:30:33

LottaPianos - am I allowed to call her "Miriam NotClegg" when talking to people who wouldn't necessarily recognise her actual name?

peasabovesticks Wed 14-Nov-12 09:38:22

Ir's not for me to say if I'm fun at a dinner party but actually I am very good company

Just don't wanna get sucked into fawning over MGD smile

peasabovesticks Wed 14-Nov-12 09:44:02

And while i have the bit between my teeth, why the fuck is she grateful to me as a Mumsnetter that I support her decision to work confused
I don't give a shit what she does. What I care about is how her husband runs the country.

YoullScreamAboutItOneDay Wed 14-Nov-12 09:48:39

peas - I actually sort of agree with you. But I have a different take on it.

Yes, MGD has a public platform because of who her husband is. That is a shame, because she is an interesting woman who should have that platform in her own right.

But I think that the solution is to give more women in business and the professions that platform. Many of them have very interesting things to say and we are too busy listening to minor singers, soap stars and actors to listen. I would start with where we are - that you need to be in politics or entertainment, or married to someone who is to be listened to a lot of the time - and move forward from that by adding to it, not by saying you have to exclude those people as a starting point.

peasabovesticks Wed 14-Nov-12 10:08:02

You'll scream.
Totally agree about having more women on here. I said that earlier.

YoullScreamAboutItOneDay Wed 14-Nov-12 10:19:07

Yes, I realised we agreed on that bit. Sorry if that wasn't clear. I suppose I was saying my take was - let's start with someone like MGD and build on that. She genuinely is inspirational to me (though I am no particular fan of Nick Clegg, so she hasn't shifted my opinion on that smile). Then lets take the success of that and showcase women who don't have famous husbands.

Spockster Wed 14-Nov-12 12:55:43

At risk of sounding like I am obsessed.. SamCam business acumen? hmmconfused

peasabovesticks Wed 14-Nov-12 12:58:02

Don't forget SamCam's 'lovely hair' as well Spockster...

Spockster Wed 14-Nov-12 13:03:06

Of course! Well in that case, we def need Cheryl Cole, too.

SuiGeneris Wed 14-Nov-12 15:34:05

Finally got to watch the speech- or at least some of it, it suddenly turned into an ad for Wimpy kid, which was most odd.

But how brilliant is MGD? Have always liked what I read about her on paper, starting from the fact that she remained MGD, rather than turn into Ms Clegg, and that she continued with her professional and personal life rather than turn into a political wife. And now that I have seen her and heard her, and heard she is an active mumsnetter, I like her even more.

And for the frivolous comment now: great hair, I agree.

Would love having her for an evening webchat- maybe on work-life balance?

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 14-Nov-12 17:10:19


Oh yes please to evening chats. Too many of them assume that we are all available during the day.

We are looking at doing more chats in the eve, honest. And we'll certainly ask MGD - though she was right when she said she did very little of this kind of stuff, so we were very pleased she came along to Blogfest.

MotherfuckingMorrisMan Wed 14-Nov-12 17:28:14

Evening chats would be wonderful.

I admire MGD not because she is a politician's wife, but the fact that she is a very successful woman in her own right, and who has managed a difficult career with 3 kids and a husband with a high profile. It can't be easy. And yes she is probably wealthy, has a cleaner etc but it still doesn'yt take away from the fact she has had to work bloody hard and juggle her priorities.

I also really liked the fact that during the election campaign she fitted her appearances alongside her husband around her job. That's pretty unprecedented.

I don't think most of us admire her because she is a good-looking politician's wife, but the fact that MGD is a hard working mother like very many of us. And it is actually bloody refreshing to have someone in the public eye like this. Normally career women in the public eye are ghastly types like Katie Hopkins and the like, whose raison d'etre is to slag off women who have chosen a life different from them. Isn't it a positive thing to have a well regarded woman who is supportive of all women, whatever their choices?

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 14-Nov-12 18:54:50

Spockster, SamCam was Creative Director for Smythson until May 2010. They are a pretty well known brand.

Lottapianos Wed 14-Nov-12 20:48:21

That was a lovely speech, I got a bit misty-eyed towards the end. I can't imagine Sam Cam speaking like that to a crowd without bursting into tears - she always looks like a scared little girl when she's being paraded next to Dave.

AmberLeaf Wed 14-Nov-12 21:27:05

Im sure she is lovely, but I agree with peasabovesticks.

Spockster Wed 14-Nov-12 21:27:29

Yes... Creative director.... Sounds like a job for someone of limited ability with a large trust fund and a well connected Daddy. And husband. Sorry but nothing about Sam Cam impresses me, least of all her taste in men... And for a multimillionairess with no proper day job, not even her hair! grin
Sarah Brown and Michelle, on the other hand... different league altogether.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 14-Nov-12 22:33:10

Sam Cam has a fine arts degree and worked at Smythson since 1996. David wasn't an MP until 2001.

She stayed on through a sale to private equity in 2005 (famously a time for cutting unnecessary costs) and through a further sale of the business in 2008. She appears to have presided over the introduction of some successful products.

On what grounds do you judge that she is of limited ability? Do you think the Creative Directors of Burberry, Fendi or The Folio Society are also of limited ability?

If you know the sector well and judge the work she produced to be of poor quality, fair enough. But otherwise, I'm not sure what your opinion is based on?

Spockster Wed 14-Nov-12 22:50:13

SC is certainly not my specialist subject, and neither are overpriced leather goods, though I have been acquainted with a few Creative Directors. Mainly hairdressers. She appears vacuous, and an arts degree from Bristol Poly doesn't impress me much. I sure she is a wonderful wife and mother. She could do more with her hair, that fringe is unbecoming.
I do rather object to the landed gentry being portrayed as role models for no good reason. I am aware I am sounding bitchy, it's late and I'm tired, and in the spirit of the sisterhood, will step down on this one smile

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 14-Nov-12 22:53:39

Fair enough Spockster, hope you sleep well!

BoffinMum Thu 15-Nov-12 08:18:04

Spockster put it bitchily but she speaks an essential truth. TBH many intelligent women on here could do that job with their hands tied behind their backs, better even. But we would never get the chance.

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